Creative decorating ideas for St. Patrick's Day involve a bit more than just about taping up a couple of cut out shamrocks on your windows and putting green streamers on the ceiling. For a more authentic taste of the Emerald Isle, there are plenty of inspiring and creative decorating options. If you think outside of the common stereotypes -- green beer, leprechauns, and funny hats -- you can create a much more fun and interesting environment.
Instead of using construction paper shamrocks to adorn your space, why not use Ireland-inspired plant arrangements? Placed in a rustic vase, plants and flowers like Bells of Ireland, often called shell flowers, green hydrangea, and actual Shamrock plants, will make lovely accents in any location, indoors or outdoors. For your rustic vase, think of a material like wicker or unglazed clay to give an Irish cottage feel.
Strategically placed balloons are a festive and fun way to turn any room into a party zone. When selecting balloons for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations, you should try to think beyond just the color green. Reference the beautiful colors on the national flag of Ireland: orange, white and green. Place bunches of balloons all around the room in clusters that contain all three colors.
Pot of Gold
If you really can't resist all of the stereotypes, including the old "pot of gold" theme, try filling up a small cast-iron kettle with gold-foil covered chocolate pieces and other party favors. This makes for a festive table centerpiece. If you have children, make a fun game up by hiding the "pot of gold" somewhere in the house and giving them clues on where you've hidden it.
So rehearse your favorite drinking toasts, raise a frothy pint of Guinness and celebrate all things Irish with the following decoration ideas. And don't forget to say "Sl�inte!" before you take a sip. It's Irish for "health!"